Nothing worthwhile springs from fear: fear is the serpent in the garden, the hole in the boat, the flaw in the plan- it can steer us from danger, but ungoverned by courage it is just as likely to steer us toward a bad outcome. We all have the capacity to be brave, and it is by finding our courage that everything we value comes into being- there can be no love without courage, no kindness without courage, no creativity without courage.
As we all face this crisis of unusual scope, we are all living as the figures in Richard MacDonald’s "Blind Faith" and "Blind Courage." They wear blindfolds, and cannot see. They are balancing precariously on an unstable cube. They are keeping multiple balls aloft: juggling, as a metaphor for tasks and responsibilities, cares and concerns. The serenity of these figures speak to the act of drawing on inner strength in the face of these unsettling realities. It is the working of the inner person that keeps the balls from falling, the figure from toppling, and the blindfold from hampering the vision of the desired result.
In Richard MacDonald’s "Blind Trust" we see a tangible representation of what every human being is capable of doing- conquering fear with faith, and going forward- not with perfect vision of the future- but with a firm commitment to the future we will create. While we respond to the pressures and fears of the current situation, let's keep the image of "Blind Trust" in our mind's eye, and remember that we have within us the unerring ability to maintain balance, courage and stand strong.
Now, more than ever, art is a salvation - a way to connect. In the words of one of our special collectors "the connection with art is now stronger than ever before." We hope that you stay well and find a greater sense of comfort and determination as we overcome these challenging times together.